Small Gardens

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

The Terrace area was excavated and has become a natural extension of the Lounge, taking advantage of the retractable glazed doors. No matter the weather or time of day the line between these two spaces has been blurred as inside becomes out and vice versa.

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Although it was a huge amount of work, excavating the steps to the side of the garden has created a pleasing visual link between the terraces as well as solving a number of practical problems.

Bunker Street

Bunker Street

Ferns enjoy a glimpse of the sun

Bunker Street

Bunker Street

Anemone, making the most of deciduous trees

Bunker Street

Bunker Street

Spring bulbs, essential within a small space

Bunker Street

Bunker Street

Bunker Street

Bunker Street

Bunker Street

Bunker Street

View from house to studio. the rendered walls match the finish on the house and studio to unite the two buildings with the garden structure

Bunker Street

Bunker Street

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design - Small Gardens

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design - Small Gardens

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design - Small Gardens

The main terrace was paved using flags reclaimed from the site

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Bunker Street

This project although small was very challenging. It was not possible to work with the existing levels. As a result of this, the whole area has been remodeled. A small terrace of over 100 years old, the client has re-designed the interior to an exceptionally high standard. Using clever architecture and modern materials the interior needed to extend it’s modern clean lines into the garden in order for both areas to work.

A terrace area was excavated to become an extension of the lounge and take advantage of the retracting glazed wall. This area now works perfectly with the architecture and interior design. No matter the weather or time of day the line between these two spaces is now blurred as inside becomes out and vice versa.

Although it was a huge amount of work, excavating the steps to the side of the garden has created a far more pleasing visual link between the upper and lower terrace from both directions. The view from the summer house has also been opened up with further excavations and remodeling of the existing levels. This lower terrace area is practical and far more visually pleasing with wide steps that cope with the changing levels and offer an invitation.

The raised planting area works with the existing levels within the garden. The soil was good and utilising the space in this way reduced costs and created interest. Concentrating all of the planting into one border also created an opportunity for planting with instant impact. The small specimen tree adds a third dimension that links the roof levels of both buildings together.

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Keeping the boundary fences dark in colour and allowing hedges to green this vertical space where possible invites the neighbouring woodland into the garden. Borrowing the surrounding maturity is an important aspect of setting the garden within the landscape of the area.

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Linking different levels with wide generous steps creates an invitation to explore and enter. Using the paving material on the vertical surfaces of the sunken garden enhances the link between the two areas. Step lights change and enhance the mood in the evening.

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Building a large decking area takes the dining furniture away from the house and opens up the view from inside. This area is ideal for entertaining small groups of friends or throwing a large family party. The illusion of being a sunken garden creates a sense of intimacy within the garden whatever the occasion.

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Order and uniformity were important aspects of both the hard and soft landscaping elements for this client. Clipped hedges and topiary are complimented by softer infill planting for seasonal colour and interest.

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Construction detailing is essential to achieve a high quality finish. The position, size and direction of every joint will be considered before a feature is built. In many cases this completed detailing goes unnoticed by most. When this happens you know it is right because if something is wrong it will catch everyones eye.

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

When considering a client's planting brief, all aspects of the design must be thought through. By doing this the individual features of each plant can also be chosen to fit in with the overall design. This Allium seed head represents the sense of order that has dominated the design.

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Planting good varieties in larger numbers ensures the scheme is coherent. Larger groups in small gardens make the space appear larger and less fussy. Planting in this way means that seasonal colour has a bigger impact. The seasons can be reflected by the infill planting whilst the evergreens provide structure.

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Teresa Potter Garden & Landscape Design

Like many small gardens this one needed a storage area for bikes, garden furniture and tools. This building was designed into a previously unused and unsightly space. The shed was designed to compliment the style of the garden and custom build to fit the space available perfectly.

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Highwoods

Like many large modern executive houses, this one has a relatively small garden area surrounding it. The space needed to be flexible, low maintenance and reflect the exacting style of the clients.

The first item on the wish list. A large decked area for entertaining guests. It had to be intimate enough for small gatherings and flexible enough to accommodate larger groups. By creating the illusion of a sunken garden, a sense of intimacy has been achieved. Coping the low retaining walls with wood creates additional seating.

Second item on the wish list. Large terrace outside the patio doors. By framing this terrace with planting it has been separated from the dining area by both a physical barrier and a change of materials. The change in levels and materials along with the planting softens the effect and helps to maintain the intimacy of the dining terrace. Linking different areas and levels with generous steps, creates an invitation to explore and enter. Step lights add to the mood in the evening.

Keeping the boundary fences dark in colour and allowing hedges to green this vertical space where possible has invited the surrounding woodland into the garden. Enabling this small space to borrow the surrounding maturity of the woodland is an important aspect of the design.

Order and uniformity were important aspects of both the hard and soft landscaping elements for these clients. Clipped hedging and topiaries create all year round structure whilst softer infill planting provide seasonal colour and interest.